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More than two decades after becoming the world’s first hospital-based proton therapy center, the engineers, scientists and physicians at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) continue to develop new technologies that will lead to the next generation of proton therapy treatment.

Time September 09, 2013
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Reportlinker.com released a new report on the MRI market titled “Advances in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Market (2013-2018) - Technology Trend Analysis – By Architecture, Field Strengths, Technology & Applications in Medical Diagnostics with Market Landscape Analysis – Estimates up to 2018.”

Time September 06, 2013
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For patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy, imaging with 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) could act as a marker for a potentially reversible phase of the disease in which substantial clinical improvement can be achieved. According to research published in the September issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, patients who exhibited hypermetabolism at the point of compression in their spine experienced improved outcomes after undergoing decompressive surgery.

Time September 06, 2013
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American Shared Hospital Services announced today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a revision of the previously proposed rule for Medicare's hospital outpatient prospective payment system for calendar year 2014. Within this proposed rule, CMS proposes updates for the delivery codes used for stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), including Gamma Knife services.

Time September 05, 2013
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For over 70 years, Insight Medical Imaging has provided state-of-the-art medical imaging services to the city of Edmonton and its surrounding areas. Having started out as a smaller, hospital-based imaging organization, Insight has grown significantly over the past 10 years, following their move from film to IntelePACS.By leveraging Intelerad’s award-winning solution, the imaging group has been able to implement a more effective workflow, with radiologists able to greatly increase productivity and reduce turnaround times on reports. Part of these efficiency gains came from IntelePACS’ ability to transfer images across locations, which allows Insight to balance workloads across the organization, leading to greater operational efficiency.“IntelePACS has had a positive impact by putting the information that radiologists need at their fingertips so they can serve patients as quickly as possible,” said Andrew Batiuk, Insight’s IT manager. “The solution has also enabled us to be more productive without increasing staff, so we can serve a greater number of patients while increasing our productivity.”Deploying IntelePACS has also helped Insight expand their reach to rural areas. An example of this would be the complete diagnostic imaging center they opened in Fort McMurray, located 280 miles north of Edmonton. The studies are remotely read by Insight’s Edmonton based team and the images and report results are promptly available to the referring physician.

Time September 05, 2013
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Agfa HealthCare installed six DX-D 100 mobile digital X-ray systems at the Medical Education & Training Campus (METC), a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) integrated campus. The systems will be utilized in the basic biomedical equipment technician (BMET) training curriculum for all Army, Navy and Air Force BMETs in the DoD. In addition to implementing the DX-D 100 systems, Agfa Healthcare will provide on-site training support at METC to help create a curriculum for the program.

Time September 05, 2013
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September 5, 2013 — Scientists at Rice University have trapped bismuth in a nanotube cage to tag stem cells for X-ray tracking. Details of the work by a team from Rice and collaborators at the University of Houston, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute appear in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.

Time September 05, 2013
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MedicsDocAssistant EHR for Radiology from Advanced Data Systems (ADS) is one of the top five most widely used electronic health records (EHRs) for meaningful use (MU) attestation among radiologists, according to figures released by radiologyMU.org.

Time September 05, 2013
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The rate at which women get called back for additional imaging after screening mammography may be higher at hospitals than at community office practices, mostly due to differences among the patients, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The findings highlight the limitations of recall rates as a quality measure for breast cancer screening, the researchers said.

Time September 05, 2013
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RaySearch Laboratories AB has received an order for its RayStation treatment planning system from Provision Center for Proton Therapy. This partnership with Provision represents a milestone since it is the first proton center to select RayStation since RaySearch and IBA initiated a collaboration in the field of proton therapy earlier this year.

Time September 04, 2013
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C. R. Bard Inc. has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Rochester Medical Corp. at a price of $20 per share, or approximately $262 million in the aggregate. The Rochester Medical board of directors unanimously approved the agreement and will recommend that the company's shareholders approve the transaction.

Time September 04, 2013
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Reducing unnecessary radiation exposure is a critical health initiative in today’s imaging world, and a Columbus-based radiology practice is helping to solve this important patient health concern.

Time September 03, 2013
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Infinitt North America, a leading provider of image and information management technologies for healthcare, announced that they have signed a 10-year agreement with the National Football League (NFL) to provide on-demand access to players’ medical images. Infinitt Smart-NET, a web-based hosting PACS that maintains digital copies of images across a network of data centers, will enable instant viewing of both new and historical images from any stadium, team facility or physician’s office as long as the user has proper credentials for image access.

Time September 03, 2013
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September 3, 2013 — Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on precision diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals, announced it has signed an agreement with Siemens’ PETNET Solutions that grants PETNET Solutions the right to manufacture Navidea’s fluorine-18 labeled NAV4694.

Time September 03, 2013
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Researchers from University Hospitals Case Medical Center have published findings that a new form of imaging — magnetic resonance imaging/ positron emission tomography (PET/MRI) — is promising for several types of cancer.

Time September 03, 2013
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he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) clearance to 21-inch MultiSync MD211C3, a medical-grade widescreen diagnostic display monitor built for diagnostic radiology applications.

Time September 03, 2013
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Ascendian Healthcare Consulting has announced a comprehensive vendor neutral archive (VNA) acceleration solution that enables healthcare organizations rapid accessibility, efficiency and shared utilization of medical imaging assets.

Time August 30, 2013
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By Dave Fornell, DAIC Editor There are two main issues facing clinical practice today, including lower reimbursements and the need to see more patients, which combined calls for technology that can improve efficiency and increased patient throughput. In addition, there are inherent issues with traditional 2-D ultrasound imaging technology, including that the quality of image acquisition relies on the skill and experience of the operator.

Time August 30, 2013
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Philips Healthcare launched the Epiq ultrasound system, a first-of-its-kind ultrasound architecture that offers a new approach to creating ultrasound images. Making its debut at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) 2013 Congress in Amsterdam, Epiq features a new imaging technology called nSIGHT that, when combined with Philips' new Anatomical Intelligence technology, delivers faster speed and improved image clarity. It has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Time August 30, 2013
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To counter the significant levels of morbidity and mortality associated with pericardial disease (disease of the sac around the heart), experts from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR), and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) came together to review evidence and provide future guidance to clinicians. For the first time, an expert consensus statement on the appropriate use of multimodality imaging in the diagnosis and management of pericardial diseases will be published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE). The writing group was chaired by Allan L. Klein, M.D., FASE, director of Cardiovascular Imaging Research and the Pericardial Center and an echocardiographer from the esteemed Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Time August 30, 2013
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